http://frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/north-africa-is-the-new-afghanistan/print/ When Obama took office four years ago, North Africa wasn’t keeping CIA analysts up at night. There were known trouble spots in the region, but no one thought that it was likely to turn into the next Afghanistan. Then along came the Arab Spring. Egypt, the great regional power, has since fallen into the […]
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A little over one year ago, Libyan dictator Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi was brutally murdered by his own people. If he’s able to laugh from the eternal torment of Hell, he must be laughing at all those liberals in America and the West who had gushed about an “Arab Spring” being at hand.
In a revealing article in the New York Times – “Jihadists’ Surge in North Africa Reveals Grim Side of Arab Spring” – Robert F. Worth reports:
“As the uprising closed in around him, the Libyan dictator Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi warned that if he fell, chaos and holy war would overtake North Africa. “Bin Laden’s people would come to impose ransoms by land and sea,” he told reporters. “We will go back to the time of Redbeard, of pirates, of Ottomans imposing ransoms on boats.”
In recent days, that unhinged prophecy has acquired a grim new currency. In Mali, French paratroopers arrived this month to battle an advancing force of jihadi fighters who already control an area twice the size of Germany. In Algeria, a one-eyed Islamist bandit organized the brazen takeover of an international gas facility, taking hostages that included more than 40 Americans and Europeans.
In a sense, both the hostage crisis in Algeria and the battle raging in Mali are consequences of the fall of Colonel Qaddafi in 2011. Like other strongmen in the region, Colonel Qaddafi had mostly kept in check his country’s various ethnic and tribal factions, either by brutally suppressing them or by co-opting them to fight for his government. He acted as a lid, keeping volatile elements repressed. Once that lid was removed, and the borders that had been enforced by powerful governments became more porous, there was greater freedom for various groups – whether rebels, jihadists or criminals – to join up and make common cause.
Rush Limbaugh speaks frequently about the new breed of “low-information” voter in America handing President Obama a second term in the White House. No doubt a disturbing amount of these voters were unaware that Obama’s inauguration on January 21st was a ceremonial re-enactment of the constitutionally required one the day before, and certainly they accepted unquestioningly the line in his ceremonial speech in which he said, “We will respond to the threat of climate change… Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms.”
But that particular sentence only stays afloat when no one looks any deeper into it. The most damaging thing that can happen to a politicized thesis such as “climate change” is for more people to actually question it and discover for themselves that it looks like indefensible misinformation. For President Obama and others promoting the idea of man-caused global warming, any kind of plausible opposition to this issue imperils it, so they avoid exploration of critical viewpoints and instead label them as “deniers”. Case closed.
That is the hallmark of far-left agendas. The global warming issue showcases how spectacularly this tactic fails.
If The Facts Don’ t Fit The Agenda, Hide ‘Em: The BBC & The Israeli Election
Over at BBCWatch, the Sherlock Holmesian Hadar Sela has posted several must-read posts that analyse in illuminating and depressing detail how Britain’s “national broadcaster” has been covering the Israeli election.
There is the trademark omission of facts that don’t fit Al Beeb’s agenda of emphasisng a supposedly inexorable lurch to the right and the power of rightwing bogeymen, there are errors, there is jejune analysis, there is outsourcing of reportage to a leftist Israeli activist with an axe to grind, and there is manipulative sleight of hand.
There was the doctoring of remarks by the Jerusalem Post’s Gil Hoffman (who slayed the myth of a rightward shift here):
“Donnison’s report also included an interview with the Jerusalem Post’s chief political correspondent Gil Hoffman. Or at least, parts of an interview. For – as Hoffman later explained on Twitter – it seems that some things said in that interview just did not fit in with the BBC agenda.
http://www.thecommentator.com/article/2508/britain_must_put_health_before_political_philosophy Blindly defending the NHS does not make you noble, good, or compassionate. We must stop prioritising political dreams over people’s health t is sometimes said that the NHS is the closest thing the increasingly secular British have to a religion. And, like a religion, when questioned its defenders react with accusations of evil and […]
Obama only wants military leaders who ‘will fire on U.S. citizens’, says ‘leading humanitarian’
A ‘respected’ humanitarian has claimed that a military source has informed him of radical changes to the US military under a new Obama doctrine
Humanitarian activist, author and former Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Jim Garrow has this week made the incredible claim, via Facebook, that Barack Obama is weeding out military officials who say they would not fire on US citizens if required.
The extraordinary claim made by Garrow on Monday is sourced from someone Garrow refers to as “one of America’s foremost military heroes”, bringing many theories to light, such as whether Obama is simply contingency planning, or as some conspiracy theorists would have you believe, Obama is planning an assault on US citizens.
The likelihood is, if the story is indeed true, that Obama perhaps expects a level of civil unrest in his second term, given the contentious nature of his position on gun control, and the often aggressive sentiment whipped up by those such as Alex Jones, who recently told Piers Morgan, “1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms”.
In recent days, we have shown how plans are in the works for the confiscation, rather than simply the limitation of purchase, of firearms. New York Democrats especially have been uneasy with their plans being made public, no doubt for fear of backlash from voters.
Dr. Garrow posted on his Facebook page on Monday at 2:05pm, “I have just been informed by a former senior military leader that Obama is using a new “litmus test” in determining who will stay and who must go in his military leaders. Get ready to explode folks. “The new litmus test of leadership in the military is if they will fire on US citizens or not”. Those who will not are being removed.”
WOLFOWOTZ “WRITES FROM BEHIND”….HE WAS A REAL ENTHUSIAST FOR THE ARAB “SPRING” AND REBUKED ISRAEL LOUDLY THE FOLLOWING WAY
“…..sharply rebuked Israeli leaders for what his interviewer on CNN today, Fareed Zakaria, described as “nostalgia” for fallen Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
“It’s crazy. The Israelis should welcome what’s happened in Egypt,” Wolfowitz said. “If only cynically, I mean, they — instead of associating themselves with a dead, doomed regime, they should try to find allies in Egypt. And I would assume there are millions of Egyptians who do not want to restart a war with Israel. and Mubarak wasn’t such a great bargain. He filled the Egyptian state-controlled media with anti-American junk, with anti-Israeli, even with violently anti-Semitic junk. So — but the nostalgia — I think the nostalgia is misplaced, but it’s completely irrelevant now. They and we should be thinking about the future. ”
Why did Mrs. Clinton outsource to Qatar the arming of the opposition in Libya and Syria?
Four months after terrorists in Benghazi, Libya, killed four Americans—including the popular and effective Ambassador Chris Stevens—Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will finally testify before Congress on Wednesday. The testimony should be an occasion to examine how the disaster was part of a larger failure in Libya and a still larger one in Syria that will haunt U.S. interests in the Middle East for decades.
Lawmakers will ask Mrs. Clinton why security in Benghazi was so lax on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and why the Obama administration claimed falsely that the terrorist attack was a response to an obscure and distasteful anti-Islamic video when available evidence made clear that the attack was a well-planned operation with likely connections to al Qaeda. For months, the danger in Benghazi had been growing. The evidence included attacks on the British ambassador, the United Nations special envoy to Libya, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the U.S. Consulate itself. Even in Tripoli, Libya’s capital, Islamist militias had—in broad daylight and with bulldozers—demolished a mosque that they considered heretical.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/18/opinion/global/ayaan-hirsi-ali-morsis-comments-on-jews.html?_r=0 EGYPT’S newly elected president, Mohamed Morsi, was caught on tape about three years ago urging his followers to “nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred” for Jews and Zionists. Not long after, the then-leader of the Muslim Brotherhood described Zionists as “bloodsuckers who attack the Palestinians,” “warmongers” and “descendants of apes and pigs.” […]
http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3549/britain-immigration There are roughly 863,000 people living illegally in Britain, of whom 604,000 (70%) live in London. — London School of Economics Britons’ view immigration as the biggest problem facing their society, according to a flurry of new surveys and research reports about the current state of affairs in Britain. Taken together, the data highlights […]